Gallup: Most Americans Critical of President in CIA Leak Case

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By: E&P Staff

A new Gallup poll released today finds that most Americans are critical of President Bush’s actions in the Plame/CIA leak scandal, but only one in four is following the matter closely.

Overall, 63% of Americans believe Bush did something either illegal (21%) or unethical (42%), while 28% say he did nothing wrong. While many more Democrats are critical, 3 in 10 Republicans also find that Bush did something illegal or unethical.

The more closely people are following the issue, the more likely they are to say he did something illegal rather than merely unethical.

The poll, conducted April 7-9, 2006, shows that just 25% of Americans are following the matter “very” closely, while another 39% are following the issue “somewhat” closely. Another 36% are not following the issue closely at all.

Despite the latest turns in the CIA leak case, and news from Iraq, the president’s overall approval rating did not fall still further, hanging on at 37%, which is in line with most other polls.

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